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The Letter C


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The Letter C

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Introduction to the Letter C

Diving into the world of the English alphabet is an exciting journey! Today, we're spotlighting a character with considerable charm—the letter C. Not only is it the third letter in the alphabet, but it also brings different sounds to our words.

Understanding the Letter C – Definition and Sounds

The letter C is the third letter in the English alphabet and is unique because it can represent two different sounds. It can sound like a /k/ as in “cat" or a /s/ as in "cent." The uppercase “C” and the lowercase “c” may look different but they share the same sounds.

The sound that the letter C makes often depends on the letters that follow it. For instance, when C is followed by 'a,' 'o,' or 'u,' it typically sounds like a "k." When followed by 'e,' 'i,' or 'y,' it sounds like an "s." and is called the soft C. Isn't that interesting?

Don’t worry if you are finding this a little bit tricky - with a bit of practice of soft C.

What sound does the letter C make before the letter 'a'?
How does the letter C sound in the word "cent"?
Can the letter C make the same sound in different words?

Writing the Letter C – How to?

Writing the letter C, whether it is an upper or lower case letter, is very easy! Read the text, follow the instructions and complete exercises on our webpage for more.

Creative Uses of the Letter C

The letter C isn't just about reading and writing; it's also a star in the design world! From logos to art installations, the letter C can be fashioned into countless creative forms. It can be displayed in various fonts, including cursive, block, or even graffiti style, and can be decorated with artistic elements like flowers or geometric shapes.

The Letter C – Example Words

Let's see the letter C in action. We have the word "cat," where the C has a "k" sound. But in "city," it's got that "s" sound. The versatility of C is apparent in the variety of words it appears in:

Words with a "K" Sound Words with a "S" Sound
cat cent
cup city
class cereal
clip cygnet

The Letter C – Summary

Key Learnings from this Text:

  • The letter C is the third letter of the English alphabet.
  • It can make a "k" sound or a "s" sound, depending on the letters that follow it.
  • Recognizing and writing both uppercase "C" and lowercase "c" is important for literacy.
  • The letter C has creative uses in art and design, showcasing its versatility beyond text.

Keep practicing the letter C, explore its sounds, and let your creativity run wild with its design. For more educational content and interactive activities, visit our website and become a master of the alphabet!

The Letter C – Frequently Asked Questions

What are the two main sounds of the letter C?
Does the letter C always make the same sound?
What determines the sound that the letter C makes?
How do you teach a child to write the letter C?
Can the letter C be silent in some words?
What is an example of a word that starts with the letter C?
Why is the letter C important to learn?
What are some creative activities to help kids remember the letter C?
How can I help my child pronounce the different sounds of the letter C?
What are some challenges when learning the letter C?

Transcript The Letter C

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden, and learn all about… "The Letter ". This is the letter , it makes the sound /C/. This is an uppercase , and this is a lowercase one. They both make the /C/ sound. like in, cat , cow , and cake ! Let's practice the /C/ sounds with Dee and Kala! "/C/ , /C/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that begins with the letter ? "There's a crab (...) that starts with the letter !" Is there anything else in the garden that starts with ? "There's a cup (...) that ALSO begins with the letter !" Uh-oh! is hiding with other letters! Can you help find the letter in the alphabet? Point to the letter when you find it! Did you also point here? You did some great work in the phonics garden! Today we learned all about the letter , we listened to and made the /C/ sound... we found words that began with the letter (...) and found it in the alphabet! Interested in a challenge? Watch this video again and try to find the CLOCK and COOKIE hidden in the garden! Comment below when and where you find them! Want to learn more? Check out the next letter video in the alphabet, the letter !

The Letter C exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video The Letter C.
  • Which one is the correct letter?


    Listen carefully to the sound, play it again and think about what you can hear.

    This animal is a ___.

    Look again at the picture above. What sound does this word start with?


    The correct letter is c. This makes the /c/ sound.

  • What sound does the letter make?


    The word cow starts with the sound.

    Listen to all four sounds again. Which one is the same as the beginning of the word cup?


    The correct sound is /c/.

  • Find the objects that begin with "c".


    There are 5 items that start with c to highlight.

    Listen to this word. Can you find it in the picture?

    Listen carefully to the names of the objects.


    The five items that begin with c are:

    • camel
    • cape
    • camera
    • calf
    • can
  • What is the word?


    What other sounds can you hear?

    Here we can see the words with pictures. Use this to help you find the matching pairs above.


    The words are:

    1. cob
    2. cut
    3. cat
    4. cub
  • Help Kala find the objects that begin with "c".


    Listen to the sound. Which words begin with this sound?

    Say all of the items out loud. In which ones do you hear the /c/ sound at the beginning?

    There are two correct choices.


    Cap and car start with /c/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


    Listen carefully to this word. Do you hear c at the beginning or in the middle?

    Think carefully about the first sound that you hear, is it c or a different sound?

    There are 4 words that begin with c and 2 words that have c in the middle.


    Cube, candle, caterpillar and crisps have c at the beginning.

    Scone and screw have c in the middle.